McCain’s win ups stakes, may draw more scrutiny

WASHINGTON, DC: With his stunning victory over George W. Bush in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, John McCain received a major boost to his campaign. But several GOP pros said last week that winning the battle may make it more difficult for him to win the war.

WASHINGTON, DC: With his stunning victory over George W. Bush in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, John McCain received a major boost to his campaign. But several GOP pros said last week that winning the battle may make it more difficult for him to win the war.

WASHINGTON, DC: With his stunning victory over George W. Bush in

the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary, John McCain received a major

boost to his campaign. But several GOP pros said last week that winning

the battle may make it more difficult for him to win the war.



’People will start taking a harder look at him,’ said political

consultant Jim Innocenzi, noting that the boost may lead to unwanted

scrutiny.



McCain’s next challenge is the February 19 South Carolina primary,

regarded by the Bush camp as a ’firewall’ that will insulate himself

from any strong challenges, although early polls show McCain ahead.



While McCain did well with self-proclaimed liberals and conservatives in

New Hampshire, South Carolina’s political culture is quite

different.



’A moderate in New Hampshire may be a conservative independent in South

Carolina,’ Innocenzi said.



Dan Leonard, who just left Chlopak, Leonard, Schecter to form a

streaming media company, Biznews24.com, thinks McCain needs to keep

working South Carolina’s veterans and emphasize the reform issue: ’He

needs to let people know of his conservative record. That hasn’t come

through.’



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